September's Gold Ribbon

September's Gold Ribbon

46 facts about childhood cancer in honor of the 46 US kids who will be diagnosed with cancer today.


September is Pediatric Cancer awareness month.

It is a cause that is very near and dear to me. My family and many friends have battled cancer for a long time... myself going on ten years this November. With the start of the school year and many other fun events in the Fall, to only does the awareness month tends to become overlooked but also as it is a disease that, as deadly as it is, is also severely overlooked.

I decided this month that I'd give you 46 facts about childhood cancer in honor of the 46 US kids who will be diagnosed with cancer today.

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1. Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the US.

2. Every year an estimated 263,000 new cases affect children under the age of 20 world wide.

3. That's 720 new kids affected every day.

4. Every day, approximately 250 kids around the world die from cancer.

5. 91, 250 lose their life to the disease every year.

6. Childhood cancer is not just one disease. It is made up of a dozen types and countless subtypes.

7. The incidence of cancer among adolescents and young adults is increasing at a greater rate than any other age group except those over 65.

8. It knows no ethnic group, socioeconomic class or geographical region as it occurs randomly.

9. 1 in 330 will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they're 20 years old.

10. the causes of most childhood cancers are unknown and are not strongly linked to lifestyle or environmental risk factors, unlike many adult cancers.

11. Less than 5% of the federal government's total funding for cancer research is dedicated to childhood cancers every year.

12. 2/3 of childhood cancer patients will have long lasting chronic conditions from treatment.

13. Childhood cancer research receives just 4% of the annual budget from the National Cancer Institute.

St. Jude

14. Today, 1 in 680 U.S. adults is a childhood cancer survivor.

15. I in 5 kids diagnosed, won't survive.

St. Baldrick's

16. Worldwide, a child is diagnosed every 2 minutes.

17. Many adult cancers can be diagnosed early. In 80% of kids, cancer has already spread to other areas of the body by the time it is diagnosed.

18. Survivors are 7x more likely than the regular population to die from heart problems.

19. Survivors are 15x more likely to die from new cancers.

20. If pediatric cancer patients received childhood cancer treatments instead of those used to treat adults, 30% more would survive.

21. 6 is the average age of diagnosis.

22. 71 is the average number of years children lose to cancer.

23. About 60% of all funding for drug development in adult cancers comes from pharmaceutical companies. But for kids its almost NONE because childhood cancers are seen as "non profitable."

24. Childhood cancer is the #1 killer of children by disease. More than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies and pediatric AIDs combined.

25. 20 times more children are diagnosed with pediatric cancer than with pediatric AIDs. However, the US spends 30 times more on pediatric AIDs research than on childhood cancer.

26. 14, 483 kids will be diagnosed with cancer this month.

Pediatric cancer awareness groups

27. The American Cancer Society directs only 1% of their efforts toward childhood cancer.

28. Only 3 new drugs specifically developed for childhood cancers have been approved in the last 20 years, compared to 23 drugs for adults in one year alone.

29. Yet, hundreds of new drugs for adult cancers have been developed since 1980.

30. 1/2 of all chemotherapies used for children's cancers are over 25 years old.

31. Treatments can last 2-3 years or more.

32. The incidence of childhood cancer has increased about 29% over the last 20 years.

McKenna Claire Foundation

33. 27,000-the number of moms & dads that will hear the words, "your child has cancer," this year.

34. Brain and central nervous system tumors are the leading cause of death among pediatric oncology patients.

35. 50% of siblings show post-traumatic stress symptoms.

36. Parents experience very high levels of traumatic stress including: anxiety, depression and loneliness.

37. The average cost of cancer treatment for one child is $500,000.

38. Out of pocket costs, (with insurance) on average are $35,000 per child for treatment.

39. 35% of a family's monthly income will go to cancer-related costs that are not direct medical bills such as transportation, decreased income, and relocation for treatment.

Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach

40. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common form of childhood cancer.

Typical treatment plan for kids with (ALL)...

41. 231 missed days of school

42. 1,652 antibiotic pills to prevent infection

43. 2,504 chemo pills

44. 58 doctor's appointments

45. 47 days in the hospital

46. 8 emergency room visits

Unfortunately, the stats for many other pediatric cancers are very similar...

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Troy University Needs to Realize That There Are More Students Than Greek Life And SGA

"In unity, there is strength." - Riverdale


At Troy University, there are three groups present on campus: those that are Greek, those that are a part of the Student Government Association, and those that are don't affiliate with either.

During my search for a college to attend, one of my stipulations was that I didn't want Greek life to be the only dominant force on campus (along with things such as cost, location, majors offered etcetera). Troy University boasts a Greek population of only 20% and this number intrigued me because, at many schools, it seems to be a higher percentage of students. However, after attending Troy University for a little over a semester now, I doubt this number because every time I turn around, another student is telling me about what sorority they are a member of, or about what fraternity they are a member of on campus.

And, admittedly, prior to the first SGA election, I was pretty clueless as to what SGA was because SGA was not a big deal at my high school. To be more truthful, I didn't understand the full extent of SGA until now while the SGA presidential race is happening.

Greek life isn't bad and those that are a part of Greek life aren't bad. The SGA isn't bad and those that are a member of the SGA aren't bad. It just feels like Greek life and SGA goes hand-in-hand for those that are independent and makes being involved on campus that much harder.

Those who ran for SGA will promote the fact they are a part of a sorority or fraternity, and thus, represent the student body; however, if only 20% of Troy's campus is Greek, how is this true? Something like this is what I mean. There's a lack of awareness that there is more to this campus than SGA and Greek life.

There just needs to be more attention brought to the lack of awareness of those who aren't Greek nor SGA.

For example, during Homecoming, independent organizations participated with the frats and sororities in events such as chalk the quad and making banners. Not one independent organization was promoted for chalk the quad, and I know, as a member of an independent organization, we had to ask to be recognized for winning a place for our banner. I am grateful that we were at least recognized but it shouldn't feel like fighting a war to be recognized alongside Greek organizations for completing the same activities.

This is an open plea to the new SGA President -- bring students together, all students because that is what will make Troy University a stronger college.

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A New Years Resolution Must PART 2


**If you haven't read, A New Years Resolution Must, I wouldd take a peek at that real quick before you get too into this because it will make MUCH more sense :)

Quick thought before I get to the main point of my article:

I really really enjoyed the 25 Days of Kindness Cards and I definitely want to do something similar again in some way shape or form. I have not decided yet but in scrolling through some of the older articles I've written, I remembered what I wrote this past year for Lent. In 10 Things To Give Up For Lent Other Than That Favorite Candy Bar, I talked about writing letters to different people. My original plan was to write 40 letters, one for each day of Lent. It failed miserably. 40 is a lot! But I definitely think approaching that in the same way I wrote the 25 Days of Kindness Cards will be a better way to spend some time in reflection, not just during Lent, but during any point of the year. You don't just have to write a letter. You can just send the little quotes of kindness. Leave them in random people's mailboxes or slip them under a door or leave them on a bus seat or a park bench. You never know who'll need it.

NOT THAT LENT IS ANYTIME SOON... I don't want to rush the seasons. Just a thought or two to get you thinking if you were considering taking on something like this. Or maybe to get you thinking :)

Okay, now to the real point:

In keeping with the theme of my last article-spreading little bits of kindness all over-I wanted to share with everyone the 18 different kindness quotes that I put in each of the 25 Days of Kindness Cards. Like I said in the little blerb before, you don't even have to write a letter. Print these out and spread them out in your dorm building, across campus, or any other place you can think of. Save them and text a different one to a different person each day. Maybe these will be the few that get you going on your small acts of kindness journey!

How do we change the world? "One random act of kindness at a time"

Surprising Effects Of Kindness

You will never regret being kind

May every word that is ever spoken by our mouths or typed by our fingers be words that lift up and never words that tear down

Be good to people. You will be remembered more for your kindness than any level of success you could possibly attain.

Kindness begins with me

Kindness is like snow-It beautifies everything it covers.

Do small things with great love.  (Couldn't not put this one in there :) )

Kindness is not an act. It is a lifestyle.

Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person's life.

One kind word can change someone's entire day

Kindness is free. Sprinkle that stuff everywhere.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.

Be silly. Be honest. BE KIND.

Be the reason someone smiles today.

A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions. And the roots spring up and make new trees.

You never know what light you might spark in others just through your kindness and your example.

I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay... small acts of kindness and love.

Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.

Choose kind over cool.

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